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Flu

Influenza, or the flu, is a virus that can closely resemble the common cold, but features symptoms that are more severe than those of a cold. The flu is also more contagious than the common cold with kids more at risk than adults. Like the common cold, flu is also spread through hand-to-hand contact or inhaled through the air.

Symptoms of the flu typically include high fevers, extreme fatigue, body aches, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge, appetite loss, dizziness, and a dry cough. Flu symptoms will usually last for a week to two weeks.

Symptoms of the flu can be effectively treated at home through over-the-counter medications (be sure to check with your doctor if the medication you want to use it acceptable), lots of rest, and lots of fluids. The flu will not respond to antibiotic treatment.

Flu in children is a serious matter that should be handled with prompt care. If you suspect your child may be experiencing signs of influenza, then it is absolutely important to call a pediatrician immediately for treatment and to check for other illnesses such as pneumonia.

You can significantly decrease your child’s chances of catching the flu virus by having them receive an annual vaccination that can successfully prevent your child from 3 types of flu viruses.

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